Cultural day at primary school

INITIATIVE: Our Lady of the Star year 8 Student Leaders (from left) Lucy Walker, Rio Simpson and Frances Dougherty organised the school's Cultural Day. The children dressed up and played in team sports representing their country in the afternoon. All donations will go towards the Year 7/8 Wellington Camp.

Our Lady Star of the Sea School pupils donned different countries’ colours for their cultural day last week.

Year 8 student leaders Lucy Walker, Rio Simpson and Frances Dougherty organised the day and divided the school into three countries, where pupils had to wear outfits representing either the United States, Brazil or Ireland.

The pupils were asked to donate a gold coin and played a “fun-style of Olympics,” which included a variety of team sports in the afternoon, all to raise money for the year 7 and 8 camp later next month, principal John Kane said.

He said it was a wonderful day for the school to celebrate cultural diversity.

“We have many nationalities represented at our school and it was a colourful way for the children to recognise that diversity.”

Mr Kane said more than $200 was collected and it was one of several activities to fundraise for the trip.

“Our student leaders did a wonderful job co-ordinating the day . . . it is always pleasing to see students show innovation, awareness and an empathy for others,” he said.

CELEBRATING CULTURES: Our Lady Star of the Sea pupils dressed up in a variety of outfits to relate to either the USA, Brazil or Ireland for the school’s Cultural Day. From left, front row: George Martin and Beau Robertson. From left, back row: Nico Heather, Billy McLoughlin, Noah Cole, Sasha Stedman, Molly Walker, Katie Hygate, Emma Ryan and Petra Musinszki.